Running the Christmas Tree Gauntlet

Dear DOT Commissioner Santa-Khan,

All I want for Christmas next year is a new set of rules encouraging tree vendors to set up shop on the street in curbside parking space rather than jamming up New York City’s crowded, holiday-season sidewalks.

Sincerely,

Aaron

 Photo: Lars Klove, Sixth Avenue and 13th Street, Manhattan.

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